Bangtail Ridge Trail - Trail, Bozeman, Montana

Bangtail Ridge Trail - Trail, Bozeman, Montana

DESCRIPTION

Newly completed trail in 2003 which links Stone Creek to Grassy Mountain. Trail switchbacks up Stone Creek to gain the ridge of the Bangtails. After passing through some rough clear cuts the trail enters meadows of wildflowers and views of the Crazy Mtns and Bridgers. The final 5 mile downhill to the Brackett Creek trail head is a fun wild ride.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 19, 2010]
rth009
Cross Country Rider

As my riding pal said, whoever built this trail is going to come back as a king in his/her next life. This has got to be in the top 3 long rides in Montana, not quite as epic as Curly Lake Highline, but more fun considering it is nearly painless for a fit rider. I recommend riding the entire 31+ mile route from Stone Creek to Stone Creek with no shuttling. After 1+ mile of road on Stone Creek Road, there is a great, sustained climb up well-built switchbacks. After 20-22 switchbacks you are on the Bangtail Ridge, where you will experience beautiful scenery on a fast, undularing ridge for several miles, with some small climbs. Then comes the excellent downhill from Grassy Mtn to Bracket Creek Trailhead. Finally, the road ride down Bridger Canyon from Bracket Creek to Stone Creek is enjoyable as well.

Customer Service

Park at Stone Creek Road. Ride the whole 31+ miles

Similar Products Used:

Grassy Mountain

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 04, 2009]
fiz1ct
Racer

This trail has a little bit of everything. There is nothing too technical about any part of it nor difficult. It however is a very long and exceptionally beautiful trail with great views. The terrain ranges from heavily wooded areas to wide open fields. If you ride the whole 26 miles it will give you a nice workout though, if only due to the length. There aren't any super steep sections but the trail covers a lot of elevation. There are a few rocky sections (nothing compared to other trails around Bozeman) and no roots. This review is written by someone who rides 4-5 days a week, if you are a weekend warrior it may be difficult to do the whole 26 miles in a reasonable time.

Customer Service

You can start at the end of Stone Creek Road and end at Brackett Creek, or do the opposite. Either is a great ride. Starting at Stone Creek gives you a little more of a climb, however.

Similar Products Used:

Emerald Lake (or Heather Lake) or Sypes Canyon are both great rides, Heather Lake (above Emerald Lake) being the most technical climb.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 20, 2008]
britneysbabydaddy
Cross Country Rider

Glad I did it, but it was not as easy as I thought it would be. All the "intermediate" and "good for beginners" stuff on the local forums and map descriptions understates it in my opinion. I recommend the trail - awesome views and great downhill sections. But you will earn those, be prepared. I parked at Stone Creek Rd near Bridger Cnyn Rd and rode in, took the Divide trail up and over to Olsen Creek and back down Bridger Canyon. Total of 24+ miles, and about 4+hours. Take water and food and go early when it's not too hot. Even after the initial 22 switchbacks, it's almost all climbing to one degree or another for the first 8 miles.

Customer Service

Only done it as stated above. Will do Olsen to Brackett next, which I think will circumvent most of the climb.

Similar Products Used:

For a decent out/back - Do Bozeman creek. Up the FS road to Mystic Lake and take the single track back down.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 28, 2008]
isaacstokes
Cross Country Rider

WOW! Great trail! Right up there with any epic level trail in the country imho. Dreamy stuff!

I rode the complete 30mile park at Stony Creek, bike the road to Grassey Mtn, then up the trail from there loop. 4 hours at fast clip with no breaks.

This trail is 95% buff, and quite wide in many places. It's open to motos, but I encountered none on a Sat in July. What I did encounter were superb views and mucho wildflowers. This is a gorgeous area (!), and there are long open sections with killer, killer views in all directions.

It's a big ass climb out of Grassey Mt trailhead, or Stoney Creek for that matter. Several dozen switchbacks that will have your heart blasting...all very gettable though. Just settle in, they go on for 30-45min at least, very nice endorphins on this ride!

Only fyi's are... the trail could almost be too buff (hard to believe)for those who love Porc Rim, Moore Fun, etc type rides. Definitely XC riding. And the area is stunning but there are a few area of logging, etc and sometimes the trail is a bit man made/planned/wide. Small complaints tho' for trail of this length. Also, bring some bug spray, many more bugs than my home state of Colorado.

DO THIS TRAIL. I'm already daydreaming of return trip.

PS Pair this up with an afternoon float/tubing trip on the Madison River and you'll be stoked!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 11, 2008]
timweston1
Cross Country Rider

Awesome singletrack! The ascent, with 20+ switchbacks, is fun and challenging but not crazy. Once on the ridge, there is a lot of good rolling terrain with a couple of fun downhill sections before linking up with the Grassy Mtn section of trail. At that point, some more rolling trail leads to the final descent to Brackett Creek, which is rad.

As of this past weekend, there were still lots of wildflowers out, and the still-snowy mountains make for some great views.

The most difficult aspect of this ride is the length (not too technical, never too steep, no exposure).

Overall, just real fun riding.

Customer Service

South to North on the trail (finish with the descent to Brackett Creek). Save gas, make it a loop!

Similar Products Used:

Huffine, North 19th, North 7th.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 03, 2008]
venom600
Cross Country Rider

This is an excellent trail that can be ridden in a number of different sections/variations (as you'll see in my recommended route). Once you get up on top, the wide open meadows and surrounding views are excellent.

The trail itself is not particularly difficult, but is prime singletrack the majority of its length. Sections (or maybe all of) the trail are open to motorcycles, but they've never been a problem for me. The moto riders on this particular trail are more interested in the scenery.

Customer Service

For maximum fun and minimum effort, drive to the top of Olson Creek and ride into Brackett Creek. You can also turn this into a relatively easy loop by parking at the bottom of Olson Creek, riding up fire roads to the top, heading into Brackett Creek and then riding Bridger Canyon Road back to your vehicle.

For excellent views (beautiful meadows) and minimum effort, drive to the top of Olson Creek and ride into Stone Creek.

For a relatively 'easy' epic, start at Brackett Creek and ride all the way to Stone Creek.

For an epic where the last half is all downhill fun, start at Stone Creek and ride to Brackett Creek.

Similar Products Used:

Sypes Canyon and Truman Gulch (both on the west face of the Bridgers) are great 'out-n-back' rides.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 04, 2007]
Corvus
Cross Country Rider

Since the previous reviews are a little old, I thought I'd throw my 2 cents into the mix. This is a great trail in either direction. It's almost entirely single track of a moderate technical difficulty. A previous reviewer said it wasn't aerobically to challenging, which I think is all a matter of how hard you ride it. From north to south or south to north, there is a fairly long and continuous climb, surely enough to push most people into the aerobic / anaerobic borderlands.

Customer Service

I recommend doing the trail from south to north, with or without a car shuttle. Park at Stone Creek and ride up the dirt road about 1 mile to the trailhead. Then, enjoy an 1 hour + of climbing up switchbacks to gain the ridge. From this point you've got basically 15 miles of up and down heavenly nirvana. The descent into Brackett creek is, while not super technical, very fast. Look out for hikers with dogs for the last 2 miles. From Brackett creek, you can ride back to your car on the paved road - it's almost all downhill, except for a little climbing early on. There are many other options to loop back onto the trail via fire roads, and make it something of a lollipop circuit. Regardless of which way you do it, as far as trails close to Bozeman, this is some of the best for XC riding.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 10, 2007]
thatdownhillkid
Downhiller

well me and my family were up there for a trip so me and my dad went to some ghetto bike shop and got a map and i pointed this on out. and man was it awesome!! the first part you just pedal like 4 times and then you can conquer the whole first two miles of it if you know how to pump it right

Customer Service

idk

Similar Products Used:

no clue

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 12, 2004]
Greg b
Cross Country Rider

This trail, although not difficult technically, is still a great ride. The views are wonderful, over 15 miles of ridgeline riding, wildflowers, and semi-wilderness. Also this trail is a shining example of what the forest service and an enthusiastic trail contractor can put together. Parts of the Bangtail Ridge trail are legal for motorcycles and ATV's, so don't be offended when a throttlehead passes by occasionally. This is an ideal long ride for lower intermediate riders, yet more advanced riders can have fun playing with the clock, or doing balance stunts over the handlebars down the Stone Creek switchbacks. By the way, I think there is over 70 switchbacks on this trail. Even though this trail rates low on aerobic and technical difficulty, it rates a 4 overall because it is just a special feeling ride. Try riding this one by moonlight.

Customer Service

Start at either the south (Stone Creek) or the north (Brackett Creek/Grassy Mtn.), absolute beginners can drive up Olson Creek and ride the middle ridgeline portion.

Similar Products Used:

Most the other nearby trails are secret, sorry. Come up and explore, you're welcome.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 20, 2004]
cowDawg
Weekend Warrior

This a new and fun ride that contours along the top of the Bangtails with great views of the Bridgers and Crazies. The trail was developed with mountain biking in mind. Unlike many rides around here where you are either in up or down mode, this trail rolls along through some great scenery. You will pedal plenty of climbs, but you won't explode a lung if you are in shape. The trail itself is very smooth and does not require strong technical riding skills. The descent down Stone Creek is fast with tight switchbacks with dropoffs that can be intimidating. Things to watch for. In early June we hit lots of snow on north facing slopes and had to walk/post-hole long sections. In upper Stone Creek recent logging skidded over the trail, and you will need to do some route finding. Addtionally, there are a couple of potentially confusing areas. We came across two riders who got turned around. Reviewing the local trails map (second edition required as the first doesn't show this trail) should give you a feel for the overall trail layout and help keep you on track.

Customer Service

It is silly to drive up Olsen Creek. Instead, park at the bottom and ride the gravel road up.

Similar Products Used:

At the top of Olsen Creek, you take the single track right (up) and on to Strone Creek or left (down) to ride grassy mountain. You could additionally start the ride at Bracket creek up grassy and then continue on to Stone Creek for a nice long single track ride.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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